Bill Cosby's Response to Those Sexual Assault Allegations Is Unsettling

Bill CosbyIt's not a good week to be Bill Cosby. First there was that horrific meme fail, in which his people asked followers to make a meme out of Bill Cosby, and then people took over to make the meme about the recent rape and sexual misconduct charges against him. Then in an interview Saturday, November 15, he was asked about the accusations point blank on the air.

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The Cosby Show star was asked repeatedly by NPR host Scott Simon if he would like to respond the rape allegations recently leveled against him. He was on the air with his wife Camille to discuss an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, but of course alleged sexual abuse is usually more interesting than art exhibits, so naturally Simon tried to get him to comment.

"This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days," Simon asked. "You're shaking your head no. I'm in the news business. I have to ask the question. Do you have any response to those charges?"

He wouldn't budge though, and only responded by continuing to shake his head. Simon tried again. "There are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this," he continued, with no response. "I want to give you the chance."

The 77-year-old was accused this week of raping former model and actress Barbara Bowman in the 80s. He has also settled out of court for an unspecified amount with one other woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, and 12 others have testified against him since 2005.

Ugh. It is so hard to think about Cliff Huxtable as anything other than a loving father figure. In all fairness, these are just accusations, and he's never even gone to trial over any of the charges, let alone been convicted of them, but if they're true, it's absolutely devastating that someone with some much power and influence would take advantage of women like that.

He probably got coached by his lawyers not to say anything, but don't you think it would be OK to deny it if it really didn't happen? Is he afraid of having a Bill Clinton moment if these allegations have merit? Why not just say, "Those claims are untrue," and move on?

It's just an all around sad situation, and whether he did it or not, it's basically the worst week ever for Bill Cosby. He also had his scheduled Late Show With David Letterman appearance for next Wednesday cancelled. Things are looking pretty bad.

Do you think Bill Cosby's refusal to address the rape charges means anything?

 

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